THE top post at the Equal Opportunities Commission is to be advertised seven months after it was created, because efforts to handpick candidates have failed. The post of 'chairperson' of the commission will be advertised for the first time this weekend. The monthly salary of $157,250 plus a monthly cash bonus of $70,320 failed to tempt those shortlisted by the Home Affairs Branch. Solicitor Elsie Leung Oi-sie, a National People's Congress deputy and International Federation of Women Lawyers president, turned it down. When she told Secretary for Home Affairs Michael Suen Ming-yeung it was impossible for her to drop her legal work, Ms Leung was offered the job 'part-time'. The Equal Opportunities Ordinance states the position must be taken up full-time. 'They needed someone urgently, and I couldn't just give up my job - I have to give six months' notice. 'They did say I could do it part-time, but the statute doesn't permit that unless the Governor gives special approval,' she said. 'Just imagine if I was to carry on with my legal work. On top of that, I would have had to have consulted trade unions, gone overseas to see how other commissions worked . . . it was impossible for me to consider it.' She said, however, she would have enjoyed the prospect of such a 'pioneering' job. The chairman will steer the commission to fulfil its statutory functions under the Sex and Disability Discrimination Ordinances to eliminate discrimination and promote equal opportunities. Certain sections of the equal opportunities legislation should be enacted immediately, with or without the commission, Association of Business and Professional Women president Anne Godfrey said. 'I see no reason why sections concerning sexual harassment and discriminatory advertising cannot be enacted without the commission. I'm sure they are just using delaying tactics,' she said. A Home Affairs Branch spokesman said the ideal candidate should have an interest in the commission's work and possess 'rich administrative and managerial experience'. Leadership qualities and interpersonal skills are also necessary, and a legal background would be ideal. The job is being offered on a full-time basis for three years.